These cracking beef burgers are an unusual twist to your traditional burgers. Serve this really tasty, easy homemade burger recipe with your favourite toppings. 

Serves             4


Prep                 40 minutes



·         12 Jacob’s cream crackers

·         8 sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley

·         500 g quality minced beef

·         2 heaped tablespoons Dijon mustard, optional

·         1 large free-range egg

·         olive oil


·         1 cos or round lettuce

·         3 ripe tomatoes

·         1 red onion

·         3-4 gherkins

·         6 slices of Cheddar cheese, optional

·         6 quality burger buns

  • Wrap the crackers in a tea towel and smash up until fine, breaking up any big bits with your hands, then tip into a large bowl.


  • Finely chop the parsley (stalks and all), then add to the bowl with the mustard (if using), and the minced beef.


  • Crack the egg into the bowl, then add a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper.


  • With clean hands, scrunch and mix everything up well. Divide into 6 and pat and mould each piece into a roundish shape, roughly 2cm thick.


  • Place the burgers onto a plate, drizzle with oil, then cover and place in the fridge until needed – this will help to firm them up.


  • To cook the burgers, preheat a large griddle or frying pan for 4 minutes on a high heat, then turn the heat down to medium.


  • Place the burgers on the griddle or into the pan, then use a spatula to lightly press them down, making sure the burger is in full contact with the pan.


  • Cook the burgers for 3 or 4 minutes on each side, depending on how you like them – you may need to work in batches.


  • Meanwhile, wash and dry a few small lettuce leaves, tearing up the larger ones. Slice the tomatoes, peel and finely slice the red onion, then slice the gherkins length ways as finely as you can.


  • Place all the veg toppings, and the cheese (if using) on a platter and put in the middle of the table with plates, cutlery, ketchup, and drinks.


  • Once cooked, remove the burgers to a plate and carefully wipe the pan clean with a ball of kitchen paper.


  • Halve the burger buns and lightly toast them in the pan, then serve up.


Recipe Sourced From JamieOliver

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